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Trump Forced to leave Whitehouse…

Members of President Donald Trump’s cabinet on Wednesday discussed the possibility of removing the infamous president from office after supporters stormed the Capitol.  This according to reports by 3 USA News Channels. After a night of shameful violence at the Capitol Building, which was seemingly ‘encouraged’ by the outgoing president, the current cabinet may not have another choice.

THE 25TH AMENDMENT – And how it could affect Trump

Discussions on Wednesday focused on the 25th amendment to the US Constitution, which allows for a president’s removal by the vice president and cabinet if he is judged “unable to discharge the powers and duties of his office.” Invoking it would require Vice President Michael Pence to lead the cabinet in a vote on removing Trump from office.

Pence quickly became the enemy of Trump and Trump supporters.  Pence, after four years of unwavering loyalty to the one-term US President, on Wednesday went ahead in his attempts to certify the election results and officially confirm Joe Biden as America’s next president. The scenes of destruction and violence in the capitol erupted soon thereafter.

CNN quoted Republican leaders (unnamed) saying the 25th amendment had been discussed. They  described Trump as “out of control.” Others have slammed him for “inciting a domestic terror attack”.

Democrats of the House Judiciary Committee sent an urgent letter to Pence imploring him to act to remove Trump. The letter stated that President Trump had stoked an act of insurrection and “sought to undermine our democracy.” Pointing to a rambling speech Trump gave Wednesday, it said he “revealed he is not mentally sound and is unable to process the results of the 2020 election.”

Meanwhile, social media giants Facebook and Instagram temporarily banned Donald Trump for 24 hours on Wednesday over posts accused of inflaming violence in the US Capitol, as social media scrambled to respond to mayhem by supporters buying into his baseless attacks on the integrity of the election. Twitter also removed some of his posts, which fanned the flames of insurrection.

Guy Rosen. Facebook vice president of integrity, said that the company were particularly concerned by the video Trump had uploaded to all of his social media channels, which repeated false allegations about the US Election and labelled the far-right radicals storming the Capitol ‘special people’.

“This is an emergency situation and we are taking appropriate emergency measures, including removing President Trump’s video, We removed it because on balance we believe it contributes to rather than diminishes the risk of ongoing violence,” said Guy Rosen.

Meanwhile Twitter said that Trump’s messages were violations of the platform’s rules on civic integrity and that any future violations “will result in permanent suspension of the @realDonaldTrump account.” The messaging platform said Trump’s account would be locked for 12 hours and that if the offending tweets were not removed, “the account will remain locked.”

Another Heavy Blow to Trump’s Re-election Dreams

A Pennsylvania judge on Saturday threw out Donald Trump’s claims of widespread electoral fraud, dealing a new blow to the Republican’s bid to overturn his loss in the US presidential election. The decision, which was announced in a scathing judgment paves the way for Pennsylvania to certify Democrat Joe Biden’s victory there, which is scheduled to take place Monday.

With the clock ticking down to Biden’s 20 January inauguration, Trump’s team has focused on trying to stop battleground states from certifying election results, in addition to his numerous legal challenges that have so far simply failed.  Judge Matthew Brann wrote in his ruling that Trump’s team had presented “strained legal arguments without merit and speculative accusations” in their complaints about mail-in ballots in Pennsylvania.

“In the United States of America, this cannot justify the disenfranchisement of a single voter, let alone all the voters of its sixth most populated state. Our people, laws, and institutions demand more.”

Biden won the state-by-state Electoral College votes that decide who takes the White House by 306 to 232. The Electoral College is due to formally vote on 14 December, with certifications to take place beforehand. States’ certification of results of their popular votes is usually routine following a US presidential election.

But Trump’s refusal to concede has complicated the process and drawn concerns that he could cause long-term damage to Americans’ trust in their voting system. Only a limited number of Republicans have so far recognised Biden as the winner and called on Trump to concede. The Pennsylvania court ruling prompted a Republican senator from the state, Pat Toomey, to join those ranks, saying Biden “won the 2020 election and will become the 46th president of the United States.”

“President Trump should accept the outcome of the election and facilitate the presidential transition process,” Toomey said in a statement that congratulated Biden while specifying he voted for Trump.

The judgement in Pennsylvania came only hours after Republicans also requested a delay in certification in Michigan, another battleground, in a letter that repeated allegations of irregularities in the state which Biden won by 155,000 votes. They asked for a delay of two weeks to allow for a full audit of results in Wayne County, the state’s largest and where majority-black Detroit is located, which was won overwhelmingly by Biden.

Michigan’s board of canvassers, which includes two Democrats and two Republicans, is also due to meet Monday to certify the results. Republican Party national committee chairwoman Ronna McDaniel and the party’s Michigan chair Laura Cox called on the board to “adjourn for 14 days to allow for a full audit and investigation into those anomalies and irregularities.”

Michigan’s Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson has said that audits cannot be conducted until after certification because officials do not have legal access to the documents needed until then. On Saturday, she posted on Twitter that there had been “no evidence” to draw into question the result of the election. “In a nutshell: 5.5m Michigan citizens voted,” she wrote.

“The results of their votes are clear. No evidence has emerged to undermine that.” On Friday, Trump invited Michigan lawmakers to the White House as part of his bid to subvert the voters’ will, but the legislators stood firm, saying they would honor the election’s outcome. Biden has so far moderated his criticism of Trump’s actions, though he has spoken of “incredibly damaging messages being sent to the rest of the world about how democracy functions,” adding: “It’s hard to fathom how this man thinks.”

Trump has rarely appeared in public since his electoral loss, but has not given up on his provocative Twitter campaign. “The proof pouring in is undeniable,” he tweeted Saturday, when he also golfed. “Many more votes than needed. This was a LANDSLIDE!”

 

US Election will have an impact on SA

All eyes are focused on the United States presidential election outcome. Economists said that South Africa needed to pay close attention as the votes are counted as the results would have an impact here at home. The COVID-19 pandemic has wrecked the global economy, countries around the world are scrambling to rebuild their finances and fighting unemployment.  The United States is a global superpower and therefore, the race for the White House will have a lot to do with the recovery process.

The United States have one of the largest global economies and economists said that America’s stability was pivotal for South Africa too. Viv Govender from Rand Swiss Offshore said the outcome of the US elections would have an impact on South Africa’s plans to recover from the economic crisis that the country is currently faced with.  “Political instability in the US means we are unlikely to see a large scale of government plans to try get the economy out of the crisis of COVID.”

Chief Economist Mike Schussler said the US was one of South Africa’s biggest trading partners and the outcome of these elections would affect us too. “We have the African Growth and Opportunity Free Trade Act, which allows our products to be tariff-free. If that were to be reversed in the next term, it could have a detrimental impact on many areas in South Africa.”

The United States election outcome will ring in a new term of four years in the White House for the successful contender, who will have the power to make significant policy changes, as the world battles to recover from COVID-19.

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